Size: Width 4.5cm Height 8cm
From a California Collection. This hardstone seal has some arving done on the top in the style of Zhou and Shang Dynasty bronzes. The seal comes with a display stand and protective box for storage.
Qing or Republic Period
Size: Length 7cm Height 6cm
An interesting small jade or jadeite carving of a deer resting on the ground. The style and design is evocative of works seen from the Ming dynasty.
Attributed to Wen Zhenming 伝文徵明
Late Qing Dynasty Copy
Size: Height Approx. 30cm Width 400cm or more
From a noted California Collection
Although the work s attributing to a Ming dynasty painter, the work is rather more in the lines of paintings done during the Qing dynasty...
Late Qing to Republic Periods
Size: 23cm Diameter 21cm Height
PLEASE NOTE: Determing Chinese Hardwoods can be a debate in itself. We assume it is one of these hardwoods and it might be different to many people. Please consider this with a wider perspective.
A large Chinese hardwood brush pot using a Huanghuali or Huali like wood...
19th century or later
Size: Length 11cm Height 19cm
A fascinating small statue of the Buddha Shakyamuni. The third eye is a turquoise insert and the lotus throne is crafted with open spaces in between.Small statues were popular in the region and were sent to the Imperial court in China as tributaries at one point.
Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Size: Diameter 11cm Height 29.3cm
An interesting vase shaped in the form of the traditional Chinese Song period style vases. The vase is decorated with camellia or tea flower like flowers with a Myrna like bird. Various geometric patterns decorate the vase along with the key color hues seen in this style of Kutani ware.
Size: Height 10cm
An interesting conversion where a Jade archer ring is converted into a flower arrangement. Silver or silver colored metal is fitted on the top and bottom and semi precious stones for the flower and leaves. Metallic wire is used to create the detail work.
Republic Period or Later
Size: Diameter 19cm Height 8.5cm
An interesting and rather meticulous guri lacquer covered container. Guri is a labor intensive process where layers upon layers of lacquer is coated onto a wooden or mache like surface and the lacquer is carved with scrolling vine and geometric motifs, revealing the layers underneath.
The box containers a Ming dynasty reign mark, but comes from a much later period using the same techniques.
Signed Keisei or Touou
Size: Length 193.3cm Width 65.3cm
The Chinese landscape during the Edo period depended on which school of painting you were trained. The Kano school continued the tradition inherited from sensibilities of Sung China repackaged during the Muromachi and Momoyama and heavily preferred by the ruling warriors who decorated this style inside their homes and palaces...
From the Kathmandu Valley
An interesting Tibetan Buddhist altar cloth using kesi silk fabric. The fabric appears to have a dragon flying above the sea. The claws shows that the dragon has four claws which corresponds to the Manchu court nobility and those associated. Possibly this was originally a robe or something close to it and was offered to a high ranking lama. The cloth is patched together with other Qing period fabrics...
Size: Diameter 13cm Height 6.1cm
A conical shaped ceramic bowl glazed with a grey-brown color, often seen in Karatsu wares. The Japanese gave Karatsu a special status due to the cultural developments since the mid 17th century where connoisseurs valued raku then Hagi and Karatsu as the top three wares for tea along with the imported Chinese and Korean wares.
Size: Diameter 21.5cm Height 16.5cm
From a California Collection.
An interesting yixing tea pot decorated with scenes from a Chinese Beijing Opera Play. It might be in reference to a scene. The bottom of the pot is sealed with the studio or artist name.
Size: Diameter 16.5cm Height 3cm
From a California Collection
A rather interesting pair of Chinese export ware porcelain decorated with floral patterns. There are a few hairline cracks on the bottom of the plate (note detail photos).
Republic Period or latter.
Size: Diameter 9.7cm Height 4.2cm
An interesting handled cup made from yixing clay. The exterior of the cup contains motif of plum blossoms crafted in a style as if the turned branch is growing from the cup itself. The inner section of the cup is glazed with a white color slip. No signature or seal is found.
Sold; Osaka, Japan.
Size: Diameter 20cm Height 14.5cm
This vase is rather interesting since it shows two results of celadon on one body. On one section is a standard jade green color hue while the rest is a crackled olive green color. The top area of the vase has been pieced together quite remarkably and it is possible that the piece came out from the kiln and was thrown as "not-so-good" piece, which in turn survived time and everything else...
Late Ming to Qing Dynasties
Diameter 8.8cm Height 6.2cm
An interesting small ceramic vessel shaped in the form of a water coup often found at a scholar literati desk. The piece may also have been used to contain medicinal herbs and exported to other regions around Asia. In Japan, such ceramic wares were prized for tea caddies and various examples survive.
The bottom contains a museum catalog number and accession...
Northern Song to Yuan Periods or Latter
Size: Diameter 13cm Height 10.5cm
The simple body and "bland" color of the glaze are a few terms that could describe this lidded jar. Bland is not a term to be associated commonly in English, but the Chinese took favor of bland in association white negative space and simple and mundane colors. Interestingly the jar's clay body has evolved during the firing and the interior is also glazed...
Sold; Kyoto, Japan.
Qing Dynasty to Republic Period
Size: Diameter 7.5cm Height 12cm
An interesting agate carving in the form of a blossoming flower. The flower is decorated with scrolling vines and foliage, evoking a sense that the flower exists in a natural environment, an aspect often favored by the ruling scholar-bureaucrat. The agate has a chipped petal. Otherwise, the flower is in good condition for its age.